Top 10 Zinfandels and Rhones of 2015

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Zinfandels and Rhone style varieties and blends flourished during 2015. Rhone varietals and blends have been gaining popularity like we have not seen in the past decade.

If you would like to order any of these wines, we invite you to Mix and Match as you wish in a mixed case*. You can either contact us at info@wineriff.com to place your order, or order them individually below.

Eighty-Four-Petite-SirahEIGHTY FOUR 2010 NAPA VALLEY PETITE SIRAH

An exciting new project by Elias Fernandez & Doug Shafer (Shafer Vineyards). From the Wine Spectator, “This is dark, bold and highly aromatic, yet retains a sense of restraint and grace. Sandalwood, white pepper, dried lavender and rosemary give in to ripe, juicy huckleberry and blueberry flavors. The tannins are both mouthfilling and plush. The finish just goes on and on. Drink now through 2030. 300 cases made.” 94 Points $67.99

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Gamba-Family-Ranches-ZinfandelGAMBA VINEYARDS 2013 ZINFANDEL FAMILY RANCHES
RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY

Gus Gamba produces what many consider to be quintessential Zinfandels from the Russian River Valley. The 2013 Family Ranches is derived from small, “mom and pop” growers throughout the region, many of which farm vines that are over 70 years old. This Zinfandel is deep, rich, with ripe cherry, raspberry, and blackberry flavors combined with nuances of dark chocolate, spice, and a little white pepper. Simply delicious! $35.99

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Martinelli-Terra-Felice-SyrahMARTINELLA 2012 TERRA FELICE SYRAH
RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY

One of the most celebrated producers in the Russian River Valley, Martinelli brings decades of impressive scores and a reputation for excellence. Consulting winemaker Erin Green worked alongside Helen Turley in the early ’90’s on some of her projects, including Bryant Family & Martinelli. She also held a position as director of winemaking at Pahlmeyer. Terra Felice is a superior blend, composed using several of the winery’s best estate Vineyards. $29.99

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Orin-Swift-Department-66ORIN SWIFT 2013 “DEPARTMENT 66”

From Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate, “…aged in 30% new barrels, it has elegant, lively notes of blackberry, cassis, plum, pepper and violets to go with a medium to full-bodied, balanced and yet still hedonistic feel on the palate. A slightly tweaked blend of 75% Grenache, 15% Syrah and 10% Carignan, this is a more civilized version of this cuvee that still won’t disappoint with regard to depth, flavor or length. Drink it over the coming 5-7 years.” 95 Points $37.99

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Gamba-Old-Vine-Zinfandel-Starr-RoadGAMBA VINEYARDS 2013 OLD VINE ZINFANDEL
STARR ROAD RANCH VINEYARD
RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY

Meticulously harvested from ancient, hillside vines planted in 1920, yielding some of the most strikingly concentrated and intensely focused Zinfandel fruit on the planet… It’s no wonder so many of our Zin loving clients have proclaimed that Gamba Zin is to them, “The BEST wine in the world!” STARR ROAD RANCH Vineyard was formerly known as the renowned Moratto Vineyard. Gus Gamba still works very closely with Hector Garcia, the vineyard manager. $38.99

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Dumol-Russian-River-SyrahDuMOL 2012 RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY SYRAH

Sourced from an “A-list” lineup of vineyards in the Russian River Valley, these extraordinary wines were crafted by Superstar winemaker Andy Smith…  With consistent mid 90+ point reviews from some of the world’s most influential wine critics, I’m certain that the 2013’s will follow suit…  Just last year, DuMOLs 2012 Russian River Syrah ranked as the #30 Overall Best wine in the world, as well as the #1 Syrah on the Wine Spectator’s Top 100. $54.99

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Armida-Maple-Vineyard-ZinfandelARMIDA 2012 ZINFANDEL MAPLE VINEYARD
RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY

A Classic, Old Vine Zinfandel Experience, Hewn from 85+ year old vines, from a single, renowned vineyard site in Dry Creek Valley. Several of Dry Creek Valley’s top Zinfandel Producers have sourced fruit from the renowned Maple Vineyard, including Bella Winery, Dutcher Crossing and Mazzocco. The Wine Spectator Review Boasts, “Dark and briary, with black raspberry and cracked pepper aromas that lead to rich, structured baked cherry…  Builds depth on the finish…” $34.99

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Halcon-Esquisto-GSMHALCON 2014 “ESQUISTO” ESTATE GSM
ANDERSON VALLEY

At just $24.99/btl this brilliant Rhone styled blend grown in California’s Anderson Valley AVA has already earned the attention of Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate. This review scored it 92-94 Points, highlighting the wine’s “voluptuous and textured personality.” $24.99

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La Sirena Pirate TreasuredLA SIRENA 2012 “PIRATE TreasuRED”

A stunningly gorgeous blend, perfectly composed by world renowned winemaker Heidi Barrett, whom Robert Parker has called, “The First Lady of Wine”. This unique, 7 varietal blend spent 22 months in French Oak Barrels, and now with nearly a year in the bottle, it’s really starting to show its stuff…  If you love multi-layered, deep, concentrated blends, Heidi Barrett’s Pirate TreasuRed should be at the top of your list. $64.99

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Bedrock-Old-Vine-ZinfandelBEDROCK 2013 “OLD VINE” ZINFANDEL
SONOMA

A Complex, Luscious, Multilayered Zin, crafted from some of the oldest vines in Sonoma Valley. Made by Rock-Star Winemaker Morgan Twain-Peterson. Raised at his father’s Ravenswood Winery, Morgan was exposed to wine and wine tasting at an early age. At the age of five he could distinguish between Merlot and Zinfandel. He began making small lots of Pinot at the ripe old age of five, from fruit given to him by the Sangiacomo family. $24.99

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